11 Apps You Can Download to Make a Difference

Doing good is quite literally at our fingertips.

Here at Good Good Good, we know that sometimes the littlest efforts add up to effect big change. These iPhone, Android, and desktop apps offer simple, quick, and convenient ways to take action in your everyday life — to make goodness a little more accessible for you, for others, and for the planet.

Learn more about the creative apps that brilliant teams have created and get started downloading your favorites today:

Be My Eyes

Screenshot from App Store - showing images of the Be My Eyes interface

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects people who are blind or experience low-vision with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call.

Sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small — such as checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or even navigating new surroundings — to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.

The app is available in more than 150 countries and more than 180 languages.

Download Be My Eyes on the App Store or Google Play

Too Good To Go

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Each year, a third of all food produced in the world goes to waste. Food waste, when it ends up in a landfill, rots and produces methane, which is even more potent than carbon dioxide. Food waste is responsible for 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Too Good To Go is on a mission to change this. Grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, and cafes can let the app know when they're going to have leftover food. And hungry users can use the app to schedule pickups of a "Surprise Bag" of food at a significantly discounted price.

The grocery store, restaurant, bakery, or cafe will pack up a delicious meal of the fresh food they have left, and together the eater and business will have prevented that food from going to waste.

It's a great way to save money on eating out, support local, and save the planet.

Too Good To Go isn't available in every city right now, but they're committed to growing. The app is currently available in the U.S. in Portland, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and New York City. Too Good To Go is also available in 15 international markets including France, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands

Download Too Good To Go on the App Store or Google Play

Tab for a Cause

If you've ever wanted to donate to nonprofits without spending a dime of your own money, this app is for you.

Tab for a Cause is a free browser extension that allows you to raise money for charity every time you open a new browser tab. The app will transform your "new tab" page to include beautiful photos, a notes app, a to-do list — and — will display three (fairly non-obstructive) banner ads. Every time a banner ad is displayed, Tab for a Cause collects money from the advertiser, and the money goes to charity.

You can choose from a diverse range of dozen nonprofits to donate your funds to, including The Bail Project, Action Against Hunger, Save the Children, Water.org, and Human Rights Watch. Users have already raised more than $1.2 million for charity.

Install Tab for a Cause for Google Chrome or Firefox in two clicks

OLIO

More than one-third of food is thrown away. And in developed countries, more than half of food waste occurs in the home. You have the power to change that.

OLIO is a free app that connects neighbors with each other and with local shops so surplus food and other items can be shared, not thrown away. To add a listing, simply snap a photo and upload a description and pick- up details. Getting food through the app is free.

Download OLIO on the App Store or Google Play

GiveTide

GiveTide is a free mobile fundraising app for donors and nonprofits. Users can connect their daily debit or credit card and opt-in to round up their spare change and donate that money to any charity in the U.S.

For example, if a movie costs you $11.89, the app would take the 11 cents to round it up to $12, and you give the 11 cents to charity. You can team up with friends and family to multiply your donations and share your fundraising goals through email, text, and social media.

Download GiveTide on the App Store

Aloe Bud

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Aloe Bud is the all-in-one “self-care pocket companion.” It gently brings awareness to self-care activities, using encouraging push notifications, rather than guilt or shame.

The app provides daily check-ins and reflections — from staying hydrated to maintaining connections to reflecting on interactions to taking screen breaks. The free app brings awareness to physical, mental and emotional needs throughout the day using unobtrusive push notifications.

Download Aloe Bud on the App Store

ACLU Mobile Justice

The ACLU Mobile Justice app allows users to record and report interactions with law enforcement and provides tips and guidelines for interacting with officers. Footage and reports submitted through the app are automatically sent to the user’s local ACLU affiliate, where it is reviewed.

Users also have the option to broadcast their location when they begin to record, alerting nearby app users that a police encounter is being recorded nearby. The app is currently available for 18 U.S. states.

Download ACLU Mobile Justice on the App Store

Think Dirty

Think Dirty is a product-comparison app for personal care, skincare, and household products. After a quick barcode scan or search, the app shows you how the products rank on three potential health impacts: carcinogenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and allergenicity and immunotoxicity. If a product is “dirty,” the app recommends a similar, safer “clean” product.

Download Think Dirty on the App Store or Google Play

Charity Miles

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Charity Miles allows users to walk, run, or bike for a cause. Users simply download the free app, pick a charity, and get moving. There are more than 40 charities available, so you can pick one you feel most passionate about.

For every mile you move, you help earn money for the charity from the app’s corporate sponsorship pool, or you could be sponsored by friends and family.

Download Charity Miles on the App Store or Google Play

Good On You

Good On You is a free app providing trusted ethical ratings on clothing brands so users can shop with a conscience.

You can find out how your favorite brands are rated on how they treat people, the planet, and animals. Then discover new ethical brands that do better, and make a difference when you shop — by reducing waste and pollution, empowering garment workers, and protecting animals.

Download Good On You on the App Store or Google Play

Libby

Libby allows users to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from their local library for free. You can sign in using your library card and download for offline reading (or stream to save space). And if you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books there, too.

Downloading books through Libby allows you to learn on the go, reduce waste, support your local library, and save your money.

Download Good On You on the App Store or Google Play

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August 10, 2021

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